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Kamigamo Shrine x Kyoto Sangyo University “Kyoto’s World Heritage PBL – Disseminating the appeal of Kamigamo Shrine from the perspective of students -“

Here, we will report on the class and student activities of Kamigamo Shrine x Kyoto Sangyo University “Kyoto’s World Heritage PBL – Disseminating the charm of Kamigamo Shrine from the perspective of students” (in charge: Masashi Wakamatsu). I will continue.

In addition, the students of this class have established Facebook and Twitter.
Please also take a look.

Kamigamo Shrine x Kyoto Sangyo University class Facebook
Kamigamo Shrine x Kyoto Sangyo University class Twitter

Kamo Water Festival

On July 26th (Sun), Kamigamo Shrine held the Kamo Water Festival. This class has been working together since April to prepare for this water festival.
In this class, during the water festival, events such as “Nagashi Somen”, “Oban Hyakunin Isshu”, “Tea Ceremony”, and “Dedication Performance (jointly planned with Kamigamo Shrine)” were held.

Nagashi Somen, Hyakunin Isshu

Nagashi Somen was held in the open space in front of the second torii of Kamigamo Shrine. The students are also dressed in kimono, and are fully prepared and in high spirits. Also, for the nagashi somen set, we used authentic items such as an 8m bamboo tube provided by the World Nagashi Somen Association. On the day of the event, the staff of the Nagashi Somen Association helped us and provided authentic nagashi somen noodles both in name and reality. There were many difficulties in implementing Nagashi Somen. Students have taken the initiative in coordinating with all aspects, such as requesting cooperation from the “World Nagashi Somen Association”, coordinating and reporting with public health centers in relation to handling food, and coordinating with shrines to use fire. I was. As for Nagashi Somen, the temperature was high that day, so there was a line and a waiting time. Regardless of age or gender, foreign tourists also participated and slurped somen deliciously.
In the space next to the nagashi somen, we performed a large Hyakunin Isshu. The Hyakunin Isshu are handcrafted, centering on poems related to Kamigamo Shrine and water. There was a lot of excitement among the children who were waiting for their turn for the nagashi somen noodles.

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Tea ceremony, dedication performance

After the nagashi somen, it is a tea ceremony in the precincts. The tea ceremony was held on the east side of Tsuchiya. The Nara Stream is right next to your seat, making it the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea. The tea used in this tea ceremony is authentic and only available at Kamigamo Shrine, using water from Kamiyama under the guidance of Omotesenke masters. We offered a set of tea and tea, and although we did not reach our sales target, those who ate it seemed satisfied.
At the same time, a dedication performance was performed in front of the Hashiden and Hosodono halls on the grounds. For the dedication performance, we arranged performance groups for this class and Kamigamo Shrine. For this class, we sounded out performance groups, mainly college student circles, and we consulted with Kamigamo Shrine to see if they would suit the atmosphere of the shrine and the festival. When the performance started, many people stopped and listened intently.

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Participation in shrine events

The climax of the water festival is the parade of ema portable shrines. The students of this class, mainly male students, also carried a portable shrine around the precincts. For the students who carried the mikoshi, it was a very valuable opportunity that they could not experience normally.

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Activities after the water festival

 After the water festival, we had a review meeting with Kamigamo Shrine at a later date, and based on that meeting, we held a review meeting. Based on this retrospective and reflection meeting, we will proceed with preparations for the interim presentation and results presentation.

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Final meeting with Kamigamo Shrine

On July 11th (Saturday), a meeting was held between the trainees and Kamigamo Shrine officials.

This is the final meeting with Kamigamo Shrine for the water festival (Sunday, July 26th). During the meeting, the students explained the details of the event they were in charge of, from preparations up until the day of the event, to setting up the event, managing the event, and taking down the event. explained and confirmed. Projects organized by students include nagashi somen noodles, tea ceremonies, and performance dedications. Please see the poster for the implementation plan and schedule of the day .


After the meeting, we went out to the precincts and previewed the places where each event would be held. During the preliminary inspection, while observing the actual site, we exchanged opinions on the simulation of the setup and the route of the participants.

The results of the PBL learning and activities that have been carried out over the past four months will finally be put to the test.
Please come to Kamigamo Shrine on July 26th (Sun) and participate in the new “Water Festival”!


Click here for the water festival poster

Kamigamo Shrine PHOTO SHARE WEEK will also be held using Twitter.
For details, please see the special Facebook page for this class.
You can also watch an introductory video about Kamigamo Shrine created by students.

Kamigamo Shrine visit & meeting

The theme of this class is the revitalization of the Water Festival, one of the official events of Kamigamo Shrine. The “Water Festival” is scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 26th, and as the actual event draws near, class activities are becoming more active.

Visited May 30th

On the morning of Saturday, May 30, before the opening ceremony and orientation of the Kyoto World Heritage PBL course, Mr. Wakamatsu’s class toured the precincts of the water festival and had a meeting with the shrine staff. So I visited Kamigamo Shrine.
In the tour of the precincts, first, after visiting the Gonden, which was not possible to visit due to other events when I visited in April, I went to Shingu Shrine, one of the stages of the “Water Festival”. We received an explanation about the details of the festival and its purpose. After that, we observed the “Shrine Maiden Dance” that is actually performed at the “Water Festival”.


After that, we had a meeting with the staff of the shrine, proposed drafts and ideas for events that the students had been thinking about for the “Water Festival”, and confirmed their feasibility. The shrine side gave us advice on whether or not we could implement each of the proposals, as well as issues that could arise if they were to be implemented. While the direction of the event to be held at the water festival has become clear, there is still room for further consideration to materialize it. have become.

After participating in the opening ceremony in the afternoon, the students immediately held a review meeting in the evening to confirm the tasks and role assignments for the next discussion, and to summarize and report the results by the next class. rice field.

Visited June 13th

The class was originally scheduled to be held at Campus Plaza Kyoto on June 13 (Saturday), but the schedule was changed and discussions will be held at Kamigamo Shrine. Since the last meeting (May 30), the students have been conducting activities and surveys according to their respective roles. This time, before the discussion with the shrine, we had a meeting with Mr. Wakamatsu to share our activities and research so far and to confirm the matters to be discussed with the shrine.
In the meeting with the shrine, we exchanged opinions on the event to be held at the “Water Festival” following the previous time. Also, in response to a request from the shrine, we decided to take a survey of university students and worshipers.


In addition, since the meeting on May 30, the student in charge of public relations has set up Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the Water Festival, and has been using SNS to disseminate information.

One and a half months left until the “Water Festival”. Student activities have also become more active.

interview training

On May 9th (Sat), former NHK announcer Yoshihiro Mori was invited as a lecturer and an interview training was held jointly with Professor Uno’s class at Kyoto City University of Arts, whose classes are held at Toji Temple. I was. Interviews with people involved in World Heritage sites and local residents are extremely important in order to deepen our understanding of the World Heritage sites, and in the process of discovering issues and proving hypotheses for solutions. According to Mr. Mori, interviewing is one of the most difficult tasks for an announcer. In the limited time of 90 minutes, he explained in an easy-to-understand manner how to prepare for an interview, necessary preparations, interview techniques that even beginners can use, etc., while sharing his own experience. .


The students listened intently to Mr. Mori’s enthusiastic lecture and took notes.

After the interview training, a student-led meeting was held under the advice of Professor Wakamatsu. At the meeting, we reported on the extracurricular activities that we have conducted so far and discussed the activities until the next class. We decided on the division of roles, such as leader, record, communication, and publicity, and actively discussed measures to revitalize the “Water Festival”, such as confirmation of the purpose, methods of publicity, content of the event, and cost issues. I was.

Even though this was the second meeting, the students seemed to have already gotten along well, and the class was held in a very good atmosphere.

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1st class – First visit to Kamigamo Shrine

On April 18th (Sat), the class of Professor Wakamatsu of Kyoto Sangyo University, who is active at Kamigamo Shrine, started.

Classes were held at Campus Plaza Kyoto in the morning. Professor Wakamatsu said that he would like to conduct this new class that utilizes Kyoto’s World Heritage sites as if it were a seminar that transcends university boundaries. A lecture was given on the relationship between Kamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine. The students hit it off with each other through ice breakers and self-introductions, and immediately exchanged contact information using SNS.

In the afternoon, classes were held at Kamigamo Shrine. After visiting the main shrine with all the students, they toured the precincts under the guidance of Haruyama Gonnegi of Kamigamo Shrine. During the tour, Gonnegi introduced the legend of Tatezuna in front of the famous Hosodono, and introduced Kataoka Shrine, which is said to have been visited by Murasaki Shikibu and is related to matchmaking. We deepened our understanding of Kamigamo Shrine by listening to detailed explanations about the Nara Stream, the water festival, and the Shingu Shrine, which enshrines the dragon god who controls water.

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This year is also an important year for Kamigamo Shrine as Shikinen Sengu will be carried out. The people involved in the shrine had high hopes that the students’ participation would make the “Water Festival” even more meaningful than usual, with the involvement of the local community.

Contact information

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